'Template Asset' node - should this be included in latest release v1?


I was using beta version 0.8.7… of Rhino.Inside and creating Revit materials using Grasshopper.

In this version I was using the ‘Create Appearance Asset’ component to connect into a ‘Replace Material’s Assets’ component. It was a long old node with lots of inputs

It looks as though this component has been updated in the latest release to a smaller component with only two inputs. I’m guessing the long old ‘Create Appearance Asset’ node has been broken down. One of the inputs (at the bottom) asks for a ‘Template Asset’, but I couldn’t find this component. I assume that there should be one as it appears to have its own designed icon when you hover over the input hint. The documentation online Rhino.Inside®.Revit is for the old component too so I’m not 100% sure how this node should be operating / wired up in the latest release.

I may be incorrectly using the nodes if the wiring strategy has changed but if it hasn’t then I can only assume that there should be a ‘Template Asset’ node that hasn’t been packaged in the release.

Any ideas?


Hi @jackstewart,

If you have an Asset you want to start from you can provide it on the ‘Template’ input, but is completly optional.

To achieve the previous behaviour you can use ‘Modify Appearance Asset’ right after creation.

Aha! That is great - I didn’t realise Modify Appearance Asset did this function now, i.e. you create the asset first and then modify it.

Does the ‘Template’ input accept the output of a Modify Appearance Asset component, for example, so that you need not have to wire up all those inputs if you just wanted to change one?

Will give this a try. Thanks!

Sure, ‘Template’ may be one created previously on the same Grasshopper document.

It basically do a duplicate of ‘Template’ and assign a new name.
Imagine you have an asset that is almost as the one you like, but you need a new one with just ‘Transparency’ changed. Then you can plug the previous as a ‘Template’ give it a new name, and adjust ‘Transparency’ only.

Thanks Kike, that makes sense.